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Guess the Architecture for 8/22/2017

Posted August 22, 2017 2:00 PM

Do you recognize this week’s building? Care to take a guess?

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08/23/2017 8:39 AM

Hemeroscopium House by Ensamble Studio with a cantilever swimming pool

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08/23/2017 11:42 AM

Seems like you would have people falling over the edge of the pool all the time....

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08/28/2017 5:37 PM

Or..."hey, did you just here a loud crack?"

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08/23/2017 9:56 AM

I'm prestressed just looking at this building.

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08/23/2017 12:04 PM

But it has a nice balance to it, don't you think?

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08/23/2017 12:37 PM

I was going to say headquarters of the pre-stressed concrete form making place.

But JPool is a complete genius on this one. Is the background photo-shopped in as to the second post about it with the pool shown about 2000 ft elevated above the downtown skyscrapers of X? city?

Pre-stressed? Really, I almost fell out of my chair, when I see a toddler in a pool with water wings on, that high above, and near the edge of the abyss.

That goes beyond crazy.

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08/23/2017 4:25 PM

Here's another angle...this is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, with the infinity pool...they at least have a safety catch basin, haha...

From the deck it looks like a drop off....yikes

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08/23/2017 5:01 PM

Still would not put a kid anywhere near that alone.

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08/23/2017 9:03 PM

So true.

A couple weeks ago I was out back when I saw a fish on the ground covered in dirt and pine needles.

I almost stuck a gardening fork in it (the fish) to flick it turtle ward.

In a split second I decided to maneuver the tines around the fishes body and scoop it up lest I be dealing with a fishy fork.

When I got the off the ground I was surprised that it twitched.

I washed him/her off and lowered the level of water in the barrel.

No more infinity barrel for these goldfish.

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08/23/2017 9:52 PM

Nice view though...

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08/24/2017 9:57 AM

That is not, a safety catch basin. That is a scum trough. This can be reference by reviewing the book : The Design and Operation of Swimming Pools. J. H. Dorrah / Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

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08/28/2017 10:54 AM

You stop talking about those adorable innocent children in that manner this instant! LOL

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08/24/2017 7:26 AM

This house took over a year to design and engineer it.

It took a week to build!

This link includes more pictures, some of the inside, and a video of the build process. Pretty cool!

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08/28/2017 10:39 AM

JPool was absolutely correct this week in guessing the Hemeroscopium House by Ensamble Studio. Since he (and his video) have already indicated some of the complexities of the design process — and the resulting simplicity of the building process — here is a short brief from the architect explaining the concept behind the design:

“For the Greek, Hemeroscopium is the place where the sun sets. An allusion to a place that exists only in our mind, in our senses, that is ever-changing and mutable, but is nonetheless real. It is delimited by the references of the horizon, by the physical limits, defined by light, and it happens in time. Hemeroscopium house traps, a domestic space, and a distant horizon. And it does so playing a game with structures placed in an apparently unstable balance, that enclose the living spaces allowing the vision to escape. With heavy structures and big actions, disposed in a way to provoke gravity to move the space. And this way it defines the place.”

Personally, I find the use of concrete elements you’d find in infrastructure to be the most intriguing part of this construction. Not only did these elements allow for the prefabrication that enabled builders to assemble the structure on site in seven days, but the monolithic components were brought to, an admittedly spacious, 400 square-meter domestic scale.

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08/28/2017 10:57 AM

Did they steal the parts off a freeway construction project nearby??

It is an intriguing design, but I no fan of pool maintenance, so I would never be in the market for such a place. I require more practicality in reference to my own style of living. Yes, some outdoor spaces are nice. Yes, being completely sheltered from "Blue Northers" is a necessity in Lubbock (Low Buck), Texas.

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09/01/2017 12:08 PM

..and then, the desperately out-of-work architect asked his newly successfully-employed IT-professional, childhood-buddy:

''But wait!. Since you already own the land, you can hire me to gather up cast-off building components to create a unique-looking residence. We can then pass it off as having been done (in some kind of) techno-sustainable-recycled architecture, to the current latest-and-greatest IT guru, at that time, and make us each a bundle. Whaddayah say?''

...and so, they did...

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